Pastor at historic Atlanta church speaks at SLU’s Dr. King event

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Rev. Raphael Warnock, spoke about several controversial topics at Saint Louis University Friday. His speech was part of a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, who preached at Ebenezer Baptist years ago.

“I think it’s important to celebrate Dr. King’s voice, but it’s more important to carry out his work,” Rev. Warnock said.

He addressed several issues during his speech, including recent protests in Ferguson and New York.

“It’s very clear to me that Dr. King would be standing on the side of those, who in the words of Eric Garner of New York, can’t breathe,” Rev. Warnock said.

He also touched on poverty, saying it fuels crime and hopelessness in our country.

“The income gap is getting wider and wider,” he said.

Preaching at the same historic church in Atlanta is not all Rev. Warnock and Dr. King have in common.

Both men are members of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc., an organization that has been involved in social justice issues since the early 1900s.

“It was great to hear from someone with such a connection to Dr. King,” SLU graduate student Jessica McNeese said.

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